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Fine Art

FINE ART A LEVEL

The Art A-Level course gives students who have creative flair and a passion to explore all aspect of Art the opportunity to develop their key Artistic skills such as drawing and painting whilst experiencing new approaches and materials. Alongside the enhancement of practical skills it also enables students to develop their analytical and reflective ability. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of past and contemporary Artists and Art forms that will challenge their perceptions and encourage them to think ‘outside of the box’. “The creative industry is one of Britain’s fastest growing sectors. They employ more people in the UK than the financial sector or advanced manufacturing” Nigel Carrington, vice-chancellor, University of the Arts London. Careers include: University degree courses, advertising, graphic design, illustrators, artist, medical illustrator etc.

Course Outline

AS Level
Students produce two units;
• Unit 1 - A portfolio which comprises of a body of coursework on the theme ‘Organic form’. During this unit students will explore two aspects of ‘Organic form’; Marine life and microscopic imagery. This unit is 60% of the AS Level grade.
• Unit 2 - Externally set assignment. This exam unit involves students selecting one question from an externally set paper. They develop a body of work in response to their chosen question. To conclude the exam unit, students produce a final piece/pieces within a ten hour exam. Unit 2 is 40% of the AS grade.

A-Level
• Students will progress on to the A-Level course after successfully completing the AS course to a C or above standard. During this one year of study they will complete two units,
• Unit 1 - Personal investigation. Students will conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written work. The written element must be a structured response of continuous prose of between 1,000- 3,000 words. This unit is 60% of the A Level grade.
• Unit 2 - Externally set assignment. This exam unit involves students selecting one question from an externally set paper. They develop a body of work in response to their chosen question. To conclude the exam unit, students produce a final piece/pieces within a fifty hour exam. Unit 2 is 40% of the A Level grade.

Assessment

In both AS and A-Level units the work is assessed by the class teachers and then moderated by an external AQA moderator.

Requirements

Art GCSE grade B